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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room | Evil Twin Brewing

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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel RoomEvil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by timtim on 12-06-2011

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 747
Photo of dorianmarley
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich black/brown with a tan head and nice lacing.

Nose is sharp with alcohol, with sweet milk chocolate, baked biscuit, and dry malt.

Taste is toffee, dark chocolate, steady alcohol, crusty bread, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is inky and smooth, with mild carbonation, and thorough alcohol warmth.

Overall, great for a heavy meal or a thick winter night.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Jet black with a short brown head that dissipates immediately. No light penetration.

Roasted barley, cocoa, smoke, burnt caramel, and cinnamon.

Deep roasted barley, charcoal, and burnt caramel. Molasses, smoke, and charred cocoa. Traces of lactose sugar, cinnamon booziness, and maybe even a touch of mint.

Full bodied, oily, silky, and warming with a moderate bitterness.

Roasty, slick, and vicious. Tastes like a majority of the Evil Twin's Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a thick and heavy pitch black hue into the glass. There is a super dark brown head that slowly forms and sticks around, leaving behind some sticky clinging rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is dark, bitter, roasted, charred, assertive, almost burnt. Great notes of darkly roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, black licorice, black tea. Greatly dark and bold.

T — Much like the nose, this is heavy, rich, bold & assertive. Notes of bitter espresso, dark chocolate, charred malts, darkly roasted coffee. This is chewy, dark, bitter, and dry, no lingering or cloying sweetness.

M — Full-bodied, dry, and fulfilling, stick to your ribs.

O — Great overall, not sure what to expect with the name, but man what a great beer from ET.

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Photo of rypkr
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark black filmy pour with frothy/fizzy tan head. Lacing is thin for the abv and dissipates down quickly.

S - roasty and a little bitter. Earthiness to it that I'm not excited about in this style.

T - Wow. Not what I was expecting up front. Tastes of milk chocolate and lactose. Very sweet initially and finishes with a mild bitter bite moreso component of malt than he hops. Alcohol is present but not ostentatious.

M - extremely creamy, slightly oily, and overall pleasant.

O - evil twin did a solid job on this. Not something I'll seek out again but certainly a good representation of the style.

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Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma offers spicy hops, licorice, sweet chocolate, caramel.

The flavor offers chocolate, caramel, roasty bitterness along with some licorice spice, and hints of alcohol on the back. Another strong imperial stout from Evil Twin.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at When Pigs Fly. Near black in color with a cocoa-colored head that was very sticky.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. A hint of vanilla.
Lots of chocolate in the taste, both dark chocolate and cocoa. A little bit of coffee.
Very smooth, alcohol well-hidden.

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Photo of stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a winner.

Mostly roasted malt in the aroma. Faint vinegar and dark fruits. A little brown bread.

Dry comes to mind upon the first sip. More roasted malts with subtle dark fruits.

Not one of my favorite outings from Evil Twin.

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Photo of justinp444
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it has a black body with a beige solid head of 3 inches. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a good amount of vanilla, and a bit of caramel (very fragrant). Taste is stone fruit, raisin, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, a bit of vanilla, oily, alcohol, almost a Belgian dark ale taste to it, earth, and spice. Mouth feel is full and rich as well as the body (but it is just tad bit too oily). A very nice strong (in both flavor and alcohol) stout, not one of evil twins best though.

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Photo of mlockman
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another phenomenal stout from Evil Twin. The brown, foamy head dissipates quickly and the aroma follows the palate insofar as it is all malt with only a hint of roastiness. This beer is nearly perfect, and reminds a lot of last year's Ten Fidy prior to reformulation of the recipe. Oddly, however, I found the flavor did not improve as the beer warmed; in fact, I thought the flavor was more enjoyable when the beer was refrigerator-temperature, and actually had to put it back in to cool before finishing.

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Photo of Boccu
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and rich. As always with evil twin a great stout full of flavor. One of my favorite stout Brewers. Not as complex as most of their other stouts.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really interesting beer - enjoyed with some friends - all of whom had different experiences
A - black - inky, oily dark with a dark brown head
S - molasses, coffee, booze and maybe chicory (credit to nugganooch for IDing smell)
T - coffee, chocolate and molasses
F - thick, creamy and very sweet

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black with a brown foam head. Aroma is rich and complex, coffee, chocolate, malts are there, almost no hops. Taste is a little bit too sweet for me, not very well balanced with the bitterness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This baby is an experience. I am pretty sure I had one last year too but somehow I didn't write it up. I am going to enjoy this but also get it documented!

It's all black with a thin brown head. Nice.

The aroma is pretty amazing. This is special. It's all fruity and malty, yeast and hops. It's an extravagant smell.

The taste matches, but reveals a ton of bitters balanced with the amazing sweetness. The aftertaste unfolds into roastiness.

This is a wonderful brew that is worth whatever you have to pay for it. Get some.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich chocolate, caramel and milk.
The taste is bitter chocolate and coffee to start, mildly sweet middle and finishes bitter with the alcohol heat lingering. An aggressive profile.
The texture is thick.
It smells great, and the big flavors make this a sipper.

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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick opaque black color with a two finger mocha head. Quickly disappears and leaves a little bit of lacing. Smell is a nice mix of chocolate, sweet caramel roasted malts, and rasin. Taste is similar with a bit of hop bitterness. Feel is medium heavy with great carbonation and not much alcohol. Overall a very solid beer. Evil Twin has a number world class stouts. This is not one of them, but still very good.

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Photo of JonathanR
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in sniffer slighlty warmer than fridge temp. Wonderful carmel maple smell. Wanted to immediately sip it. Good lacing with good head(some in part probably to the temp). Smooth initial bite with a delicious maple carmel mid tone. VERY drinkable for an IS. Not toasted flavor but more of a raisin.

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to osnapson (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a pitch black thick sludgey motor oil black beer, wtih a decent foamy creamy darker head that leaves mild lacing but also long legs.

Nose big malts, dark roasty black malts, dark chocolate, roasted caramel, heavy roasty black malt, fluffy nougat caramel, charred slight acrid, little earthy hop, mild baking spices.

Taste brings dark malts, roasty dark black malts, char, little acrid, heavy caramel and burnt caramel, bitter charred roast and earthy spicy hops, quite bitter, hops are quite spicy, hint of booze, and mild baking spices. Finish is dry a little sticky, mild hot warming booze, big spicy hops, charred roast and cocoa.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, mild warming booze.

Overall eh, an OK imperial stout, a bit too acrid roasty, and nothing really unique about it, but still pretty good and enjoyable.

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Photo of Shockey
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've read about this beer several times and I finally got to try it. Pours a thick black with a dark brown head. A lot of sweetness in the nose. Taste is very reminiscent of raisin and plums with a lot of sweetness. Not much malty flavor at all. The taste of the beer lingers more in the nose than on the palate. Overall another very interesting beer from EvilTwin. Not their best stout, but interesting and worth trying.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a motor oil black color. Has a boozy aroma with smoke and roasted malts. Flavor is a little charred / smokey. Has a boozy quality and you get the roasted malts. Leaves a charred smokey boozy aftertaste. Overall a nice stout but could use some mellowing and additional flavor development

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into my Sierra Nevada balloon Leitich glass
Notes taken on 12/18/2014

A: Dark coffee black and semi thick on the pour. Totally opaque with some more brownish tones around the glass edge. A dense two finger deep dark khaki head develops over head. Nice ample stay power to this one with some mild dotting and swaths of lace left sticking to the glass.

S: Deep and earthy with dark roasted malts and some fresh ground coffee beans. Very earthy and green with a dash of ashy char to it. I get some lesser notes of licorice and molasses with brown sugar, carob, and chicory root. Mild alcohol presence. Lots of roast character to this one and plenty of malt sweetness to go with.

T: Big coffee roast in the flavor. Highly kilned malts and darkened cereals manifest further flavors of chocolate crème, black strap molasses, and licorice, with some scorched sugars giving off a smoky char towards the finish. The beer has a higher level of an earthy drying bitterness and all things considered the alcohol is well managed here. Pretty swell brew. Not terribly complex for an Evil Twin dark ale.

M: Moderately heavy and full bodied on the palate. Nice creamy consistent texture. Very sleek feeling with a bit of constricting bitterness and a much dryer finish to it.

D: Another nicely roasted sipper of a stout from evil Twin. Not quite as in depth as some of their other brews. I enjoyed the Love You much more than this one. Still pretty nice to quaff on for a bit.

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2014.

A- The 12oz bottle pours a beer into my teku with a midnight black body and super dark mocha cap rising to over two fingers high. Good head retention as it has a thick, creamy texture and drops thin but large sheets of lace.

S- Dark chocolate, charred roasted grains and a fairly strong yeast presence make up the main components to this aroma; rather hoppy I must add. Burnt barley, bitter cocoa, espresso beans, slight smoke, earthy citrus hops and heavily caramelized sugars come to mind.

T- The heavily roasted grains and an noticeable sweetness run the show and gain strength compared to the other things I found in the aroma. A heavy dose of charred barley, caramel and molasses sweetness, dark cocoa powder and coffee are followed by earthy hops, smoked grain, dark fruit like raisin and cherry, ash, licorice and some alcohol.

MF- Medium or just a shade towards thick bodied with a luscious, creamy consistency. Carbonation is right down the middle for the style and warm dark bitterness lingers long after finishing each sip.

I have only sampled this once before and both times I got a solid stout experience out of it. It drinks like 10% but in a good way as the warmth compliments the massive cocoa and bitter roasty flavors. Seems like many have gotten bad bottles but this was anything but that.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look 7/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 85/100

Summery: Just ok, a let down considering I usually LOVE 'Evil Twins' Stouts~

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Velvety, Motor oil black with thin coffee brown head. S: Has the ET stout smell that I still cannot place, chocolate, charred malts, a little dark fruit and tobacco. T: Dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, charred malts, licorice, some dark fruit, tobacco and leather. Pleasantly bitter but not unpleasantly sharp. Long linger of coffee and malts and a little rum-ish heat. F: Medium mouthfeel with some weight, but not quite creamy or oily. Lighter than expected for a RIS. O: Excellent. A favorite.

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Photo of nodder
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A- Black with a one finger tan head. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. A pretty beer.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, prunes. Very "roasty"

T- Burnt coffee, heavily roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate. So much going on. Not a timid beer.

M- Full body with average carbonation. Thick and creamy but quite bitter. No missing the alcohol on this one.

O- I like it. Would only want it once or twice a year as its very "in your face". Still, its worth the effort.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with a small mocha head, quickly reduced to a thin string.
Dark fruit on the nose, with nice fig and plum, some dark cherry, brandy notes, licorice, molasses, faint maple syrup, a touch of roasted malt and chocolate. A nice different than usual smell, actually.
Wow, rich dark fruit in the taste, plum jam, ripe figs, juicy dark cherries, fortified with some liqueur. Awesome dark chocolate with lots of spices stuck in there, nice dark licorice, bit of black pepper, anise, faint clove even. Nice caramel sweetness just before the big roasted malts, a bit dark bready, but with nice black coffee in the end.
Aftertaste is pretty bland, with mostly the roasted malts lingering, but each new sip brings all those nice flavors back. Medium body, low carbonation, really oily and smooth. Alcohol warms up as the beer does too, but not too boozy.
A huge, creamy, really complex imperial stout, packed with awesome flavors. Awesome stuff!

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Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room from Evil Twin Brewing
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